Deep inside the goody bag from the Amara Blog Awards last month I found the sweetest handkerchief emblazoned with an illustration of a most handsome stag.
So when the illustration duo Thornback & Peel got in touch to ask me to work with them there was no hesitation on my part. As you know I only work with brands that I’m genuinely a fan of and those that I think you’ll like too.
What I like about these illustrations is that they seem so British, these are the types of prints you’ve seen as a child in encyclopaedias or perhaps in a National Trust property. They feel comforting to me almost, the colours used add to the sense of heritage.
Thornback & Peel’s work is heavily influenced by early imagery of the natural world. Before photography took over- the natural world was all recorded with exquisite and detailed illustrations such as those by Charles Darwin on his many exploratory voyages.
These placemats and coasters will really come in handy this year. I’m always on the lookout for sturdy and wipeable placemats but as you know I’m a bit of a fusspot, and rarely see designs I like. Most being a bit on the bland or “safe” end of the spectrum, in otherwords dull and boring. These are anything but that.
The mats and coasters are melamine with a cork back and have that slightly weighty feel of something that perhaps costs a bit more, but the quality you are getting in return is of a much higher standard.
I love the fact that despite being different prints, the stag and the robin go so well together. I actually think the whole collection would look great mismatched as they all have the same style.
Oh and I just have to share with you another design or theirs which I’ve fallen for, this delft blue sardine print!! See all the different designs here.